A Student Refuses to Engage, What do you say?

What do you do when you have asked a student to do something, and they flat out tell you no? I keep prompting them to do what I requested and they continue to say no. The student is not having a good day and the teacher senses it will only escalate as they prompt the […]

Teach Behavior As You Would Content

Would you project the quadratic formula and expect the students to be able to use it to solve problems? No. You would most likely use the gradual release as a framework to teach how to apply the quadratic formula. Why would behavior expectations be any different? I like to refer to them as Positive Behavior […]

Courageous Conversations

What is a courageous conversation? We have them all the time. We have them everywhere. We have them with students, colleagues, administrators, and parents. The conversations may be a two-minute conversation in the hallway or a conversation that takes place over the course of 20 days. The idea is that we engage in conversations that […]

Easy Strategy To Solve Problems

You cannot solve a problem while you are in the middle of feeling negative emotions. If you try to solve a problem when you are focusing on all the negative conditions, you will only exacerbate the problem. The solution will not present itself when you are in the midst of doubt, anger, criticizing, and/or complaining. […]